KMCLGR-1 COURTROOM DECORUM A. PHOTOGRAPHY, RECORDING, TELEVISING, BROADCASTING The taking of photographs or the electronic recording of proceedings in the courtroom or its environs in connection with any judicial proceeding and the broadcasting of judicial proceedings by radio, television or other means is prohibited, except as provided in this rule. As used herein, "judicial proceeding" means: (1) any hearing required to be held "on the record" by Supreme Court rule including but not limited to preliminary hearings, arraignments, pre-trial proceedings, motions, criminal and civil trials, sentencing hearings, post-conviction relief hearings, mitigation and contested hearings; (2) any proceeding before a judicial officer, including a judge, court commissioner, traffic magistrate judge or judge pro-tem; (3) all sessions of any jury trial including jury orientation or selection, and (4) it shall include witnesses, jurors, judicial officers and court employees. "Courtroom" of the Kirkland Municipal Court means the courtroom itself, witness or jury rooms, and any location where civil infraction proceedings are conducted. "Environs" means any area located within the interior confines of the Kirkland Municipal Courthouse, including but not limited to the entrances, hallways, corridors, foyers, conference rooms, restrooms and lobbies therein including probation or other offices. B. CELL PHONES, ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND TEXT MESSAGING Lawyers, defendants and members of the public may carry cell phones or other portable electronic devices into the court facility. When in any courtroom, all phones or other portable electronic devices shall either be turned off or silenced. No phone calls or text messages shall be sent or received within any courtroom. If silenced, the possessor of the device shall make certain that any transmissions do not interfere with court proceedings. Failure to comply with this section may result in the confiscation of the cell phone or other portable electronic device and may include a fine or incarceration for Contempt. C. EXCEPTIONS 1. The following exception applies to sections A and B above: a) Court, probation or law enforcement personnel conducting official business. 2. With the consent of the courtroom's judicial officer, or the presiding judge of the court, the following exceptions may be granted to sections A and B above: a) News media conditions and limitations as addressed in GR 1 b) Ceremonial proceedings, including, but not limited to weddings or a judge or judicial officer's investiture; c) For the limited purpose of presenting evidence, perpetuation of the record of proceedings, and security; d) For the purposes of judicial administration; e) As otherwise authorized by the court. (Effective September 1, 2011)
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